Cecilia Velazquez. Futon. March 31st , 2018.
You can get a great futon cover for under $200. That is a fraction of what you would spend on a new sofa. So indulge and really shop for the cover that you love. Maybe it will be a microfiber cover or black leather. Whatever the fabric, whatever the design, you can enjoy knowing that you spruced up your living room without spending a bundle of money.
One of the pro's of utilizing futon mattresses is that they're cheap and they're compact. They're so versatile as you can sleep on the mattress during the night and during the day time, the mattress can double up as a couch. How's that for practicality and space saving?
The problems that exist in the futon industry however result from specific manufacturers wanting to take a low end, low price approach to building products that can be retailed in the big box stores at the lowest price possible. Metal futon frames have long been a staple of being \"the\" mass merchant offering in futons as a category. Unfortunately many consumers purchase these frames as an introduction to the futon category of furniture and were quite disappointed by the quality and construction of these made to hit a price point futons. The problems of metal frames reside in several design issues.
Finally, many manufacturers, if leading brand name futon companies, incorporate segmented cross members. Stretcher rails are the most commonly segmented pieces of wood on the market. Stretcher rails (sometimes called cross rails) are the two long boards that span the bottom and connect the arms. There is one on the front and one on the back of nearly every wood futon ever made. These stretcher rails must support a tremendous amount of load, vibration and impact. They are vulnerable along the entire span, but most often fail with in the first six inches of a given joint, especially if they are segmented. Segmented stretcher rails are made up of smaller individual pieces of wood that are glued and compressed together to make up the length needed to span the distance between both armrests.
One of the earliest futon patents I was able to locate was for Nikita Grigoriev who filed for a futon patent in 1983 (Patent Number 4538308) for what he called \"Convertible Furniture\". The drawings represent what we today would call a tri-fold frame which uses 3 flat sections that make up the seating and sleeping portions of the frame and work in conjunction with each other to go from sofa to bed. I found it interesting how he described the operation of a futon as a piece of furniture which is convertible from a bed to a sofa which utilizes the geometry of its component parts to facilitate conversion from one mode (sofa) to another mode (bed). I think this abstract statement by Mr. Grigoriev does very well in explaining the nature of futon furniture and how they function.
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